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Doctor insights on: Minimally Invasive Open Heart Surgery

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Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Mostly....: The biggest difference is usually the incision size, with minimally invasive being smaller and often avoiding opening the breastbone. The actual surgical procedure, such as valve repair or bypass is often identical to the traditional approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?

What to do if i'm worried about an open heart surgery. Are there non invasive ways of performing such operations?

Depends: Some problems can be addressed in some patients without surgery. Sometimes one approach is likely to be safer or have better results. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

I had open heart surgery. Can i still have children later?

In general, yes: Having your heart operated on, by itself, does not affect the ability to have children. Specific medications, like coumadin, (warfarin) or your particular heart condition, may affect this however. It is best to talk to your physician for specifics. ...Read more

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How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

What should I avoid eating before and after an open heart surgery?

Nothing after midnit: There are really no dietary restrictions before heart surgery really. After you will have to follow a low salt low fat diet with limited fluid intake. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

Depends: Depends on what's wrong with your heart, what kind of surgery is planned, and what other medical issues you have. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Walking: The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. ...Read more

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I just had open heart surgery, is there a list of food suitable for my case after the operation?

I just had open heart surgery, is there a list of food suitable for my case after the operation?

Diet for heart: Your doctor should give you specific instructions on your diet depending on what your situation and illnesses are. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

After open heart surgery if as of now i bench 225.. After surgery when would i be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 months you can begin building back up slowly. ...Read more

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Will i lose weight after open heart surgery?

Will i lose weight after open heart surgery?

Likely be advised to: People tend to lose weight after heart surgery more so because of being advised that their bad food habits have to change for them to have a chance of a prolonged life. So if you are having surgery at age 36 then your doctors will definitely talk to you about getting cholesterol under control and any other medical issue like diabetes, stopping cigarette smoking and adding exercise to your routine. ...Read more

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Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

ASD: Talk to your doctor. If your repair was successful and things otherwise are good, exercise will be recommended to you. Discuss the form(s) of exercise appropriate for you with the doctors who know you and your condition. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery how will this affect me having birth?

I had open heart surgery how will this affect me having birth?

At 34 y/o : I am guessing your open heart surgery was to repair a congenital structural or conduction defect. If the repair was successful and you are not in any drugs like warfarin or any other i think you will not be affected for having birth. But, this have to be discuss with your cardiologist in coordination with your obgyn. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why are post open heart surgery patients strict I&O and daily weights?

Edema: because of swelling and edema -- so we are trying to monitor the volume by weight and urine output ...Read more

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What could I do to make a open heart surgery patient comfortable after surgery?

What could I do to make a open heart surgery patient comfortable after surgery?

Lovely question!: First: just be there! it's very reassuring to know you're not alone. Second: they'll be weak and will need help for a few days. Meals, assistance getting to/from the bathroom. Next: find out their worries: bills need to be paid? Walk the dog? Feed the cat? Finally: distraction. When they're feeling better, bringing reading material, music, tv, shopping, cleaning the house. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem ?

Incision: Usually sharp pain after a sternotomy is incisional. You might have pulled something if you were overexerting yourself. If pain meds don't make it improve then make appointment to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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I need the heart diet? Is when your going to get open heart surgery and need to lose weight fast.

I need the heart diet? Is when your going to get open heart surgery and need to lose weight fast.

Sensible calories: There is no special cardiac diet for rapid weight loss. I would recommend watching calorie intake with a balanced diet. Rapid wight loss can be harmful. ...Read more

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Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more